TRUMBULL, MERCER COUNTIESCharges mount against pair accused in 2-state chase
Two men who allegedly led police on a two-state chase Friday that ended with a three-car crash in Wheatland were taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post $65,000 bond each.
Joshua Yost, 20, of 545 Dutch Lane, Hermitage, and Matthew Henry, 20, of 411 McClure St., Sharon, were arraigned by District Justice Ruth French, Mercer, on charges of receiving stolen property, conspiracy and being fugitives from justice, Southwest Mercer County Regional police said.
Henry, the driver, also was charged with driving under suspension, reckless driving, violating traffic safety signals, failing to stop and render aid and three counts of fleeing police, police said.
They are held on $15,000 bond for the fugitive charges and $50,000 bond on the remaining charges, police said.
Southwest said it is likely Ohio police also will file charges against the men, although Mercer County’s charges will be resolved first.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department forwarded a call to Trumbull County 911. A supervisor said Saturday he had no information about charges.
The incident started at 1:30 p.m. Friday when 911 received a report of a burglary at a home on Bradley-Brownlee Road, Vernon Township. A Trumbull County Sheriff’s deputy spotted a Buick speeding southbound on Route 7 and pursued it, police said.
The Buick, a rental car, sped at up to 100 mph into Brookfield, Sharon, Hermitage and Farrell before it smashed into two cars at Mercer and Broadway avenues in Wheatland, police said.
The Buick sideswiped cars on Mercer and Rombold Road in Hermitage, police said.
Hermitage police could not be reached for comment.
One of the cars hit by the Buick at Mercer and Broadway flipped over. Its occupants, driver Kimber Gibson, 31, and passenger Lamar Gibson, 30, both of Youngstown, were treated at UPMC Horizon, Farrell, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Yost and Henry, who was arrested Monday on a charge of drunken driving in Neshanock Township, Lawrence County, were not injured, nor were Bill Emery, 38, of Stowe, Ohio, or Rosalyn Jamal of Youngstown, the occupants of station wagon rammed by the Buick.
Household items found in the Buick were reported stolen from the Vernon home, police said.
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